Shannon Lee - "Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee" - Virtual Event

Friday, October 30, 2020 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Shannon Lee

Shannon Lee will discuss Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee. She will be joined in conversation by Nancy Wang Yuen.

Presented in partnership with Chicago Humanities Festival

Virtual event


About the book: Bruce Lee is a cultural icon, renowned the world over for his martial arts and film legacy. But Lee was also a deeply philosophical thinker, learning at an early age that martial arts are more than just an exercise in physical discipline—they are an apt metaphor for living a fully realized life. Now, in Be Water, My Friend, Lee’s daughter Shannon shares the concepts at the core of his philosophies, showing how they can serve as tools of personal growth and self-actualization. Each chapter brings a lesson from Bruce Lee’s teachings, expanding on the foundation of his iconic “be water” philosophy. Over the course of the book, we discover how being like water allows us to embody fluidity and naturalness in life, bringing us closer to our essential flowing nature and our ability to be powerful, self-expressed, and free. Through previously untold stories from her father’s life and from her own journey in embodying these lessons, Shannon presents these philosophies in tangible, accessible ways. With Bruce Lee’s words as a guide, she encourages readers to pursue their essential selves and apply these ideas and practices to their everyday lives—whether in learning new things, overcoming obstacles, or ultimately finding their true path. Be Water, My Friend is an inspirational invitation to us all, a gentle call to action to consider our lives with new eyes. It is also a testament to how one man's exploration and determination transcended time and place to ignite our imaginations—and to inspire many around the world to transform their lives.

About the author: Shannon Lee is the CEO and Owner of the Bruce Lee Family Companies. Lee’s mission is to provide access for people to Bruce Lee’s philosophy through education and entertainment. In addition to being the daughter of Bruce Lee, Shannon is the Executive Producer of Cinemax’s Warrior based on her father’s writings as well as a singer, actor, producer, speaker, writer, and mother. Her first book is Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee. Lee also chairs the Bruce Lee Foundation, a 501c3 charity that serves young people by introducing them to martial arts, philosophy, self-discovery, and harmonious living. The foundation awards scholarships for programs like Camp Bruce Lee—a summer camp that teaches Bruce Lee’s philosophy to kids ages 5-11 by engaging their mind, body and spirit.

About the interlocutor: Nancy Wang Yuen is a sociologist and pop culture expert. She is the author of Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism and co-author of Tokens on the Small Screen: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Prime Time and Streaming Television. She has appeared on PBS, BBC World TV, Dr. Phil, NPR, New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. She is a guest writer at Newsweek, Elle, HuffPost, and Self.

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